My Top Ten Favorite Books of 2015   Leave a comment

I thought I’d make a list of the favorite books I’ve read this past year. Some of them were not published in 2015 but earlier. Still, they all influenced me in one way or another.

I am a writer but also an eclectic reader. I read super fast and can finish a novel in a couple of hours, sometimes less.

These are not in the order I read them or in the order I like them. They just are.

  1. VICIOUS by V.E. SchwabVICIOUS BOOK COVER

Not only is this gorgeous writing but the story is compelling and reminded me how much I adore good writing. I’m not usually a fan of dual POV but this one was hard to put down.

2. THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd

MADMAN'S DAUGHTER BOOK COVER

A retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau set in the Victorian times? Yes, please. I also read her other two in the series.

3. His Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel.

THIS DARK ENDEAVOR BOOK COVER

This is subtitled: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein and is a Young Adult version of how Dr. Frankenstein came to be. I also read the rest of the books in the series. Another book set in the Victorian times. Are you sensing a theme here?

4. The Strange and Beautiful Case of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.

THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER COVER

This is magical realism and I’ve been wanting to write a magical realism book so I thought I’d read it. The writing is wonderful and the story compelling but I didn’t like the ending. Still, when a book stays with you for days, it’s worth mentioning.

5. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore.

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS COVER

Another magical realism book that’s a retelling of Romeo and Juliet but with carnival performers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. This is a young adult contemporary and I don’t read much YA contemporary but this one was worth it! It was a page turner! That’s all I’ll say about it. No spoilers!

 

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6. Stephanie Meyer surprised all of us by doing a reimaging of Twilight, one of the most influential books ever written. I have to admit I didn’t read all of it but it was engaging and the Twitter storm about it? Even better. No one can deny Twilight’s bringing the young adult book into the spotlight and shining a light on all of us. Kudos to her! (and P.S. Please write Alice’s POV story.)

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7. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated.

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Okay, I don’t actually own a copy of this (but I’d love one!). Leafing through it in Barnes and Noble made me wish I had this one! I’m a big Harry Potter fan and owning this is one of my dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.

THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST BOOK COVER

This is another young adult book I read this past year and loved. Holly Black is one of my go-to authors and she doesn’t disappoint. I mean it has fae in it, how can it go wrong?

9. The Diviners by Libba Bray is another young adult book I adore. It takes place in the 1920s with great historical slang and visual detail. This is how historical novels are done! Plus there’s magic and a creepy ghost!

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10. One of my top reads was the rereading of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I wanted to reread it because I was working on my YA gothic horror that’s a retelling of Frankenstein with Jack the Ripper elements. It still holds up despite it being published in the 1800s.

FRANKENSTEIN BOOK COVER

What are your top ten reads of the past year?

Best,

Kathleen

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Posted December 30, 2015 by kathleea in Uncategorized

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